Breathe deep. Relax your muscles. Plant your hands in front of you in the downward dog position – and let that baby goat nibble on your ear.
These are some of the instructions you might hear from instructor Ashley Belluz during a goat yoga session.
Goat yoga follows a simple equation: goats + yoga = goat yoga. The unlikely pairing has become a trend across North America. Yogis of all abilities are now piling into barns to stretch and find their zen, while the little animals hop, skip, head-butt and even pee around them.
Maan Farms in Abbotsford hosted its very own goat yoga session on Saturday. Roughly 40 people showed up to the petting zoo/yoga studio this week.
“We’re joining agriculture and wellness together to create an offering that’s something unique to the farm, something that’s unique to Abbotsford and just really exciting,” Gurleen Maan said.
She said the distracting force of the adorable creatures is actually the point of the exercise.
“Yoga is all about finding your breath and finding your core and connecting with that, so that is actually what makes it fun and challenging at the same time,” she said.
Maan said goat yoga will become a regular weekend feature at the farm.